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District Announcements
Powerlifting, 2015
Congratulations to the Girls Powerlifting Team.  
For the first time in school history, this team won the Regional Championship and the North Half State Championship.  Their 3rd place finish in Jackson was the highest finish ever for the PHS Girls Powerlifting team.  All the girls scored points for the team in Jackson.  Rokelle Harris won her weight class with a total weight lifted of 875 pounds.  She set two state records in her weight class - 155 pounds in the bench press and 405 pounds in the deadlift.  Shy'air Taylor also had a first place finish.  Rokelle and Shy'air were both named to the Mississippi All State Powerlifting Team.
 
Powerlifting, 2015
Congratulations to the PHS Boys Powerlifting Team for winning the 4A State Championship in Jackson.  First place finishers were Rick Campbell and Nick Romano.  Second place finishers were Chris Pereria, Antonio Alexander, Taylor Lyons, and Robert Hurd.  Third place finisher was Michael Montgomery.  Nick Romano was also named to the All State Powerlifting Team.  
Go Warriors!
Basketball Signee, 2015
Marlee Hatcher has signed a scholarship to play basketball at ICC.  Marlee is the daughter of Wanda and Lee Hatcher.  
Mascot Selection, 2015
Congratulations to KaShae Knox!  
KaShae was selected to be the PHS mascot for the 2015-16 school year.
Cheerleaders, 2015-16
2015-16 PHS Cheer Squad 
There will be a mandatory meeting for all new cheerleaders on
Friday, April 24 at 3:30p in the Cheer Room.

 
Butler, Mary Kate
Campbell, Georgia
Harris, Emma
Finney, Kirklyn
Garner, Catherine
Hill, Emily
Hamill, Eliza
McAuley,Caroline
McCullar, Meredith
McGregor, Madelyn
Passmore, Kaitlyn
Pittman, Anna Claire
Russell, Molly
Smith, BreAnna
Warren, Ana Grace
Whitt, Sarah
 
PJHS Whiz Kids, 2015
Pontotoc whiz kids gear up for national competition
To read the full article, click here:
http://djournal.com/news/pontotoc-whiz-kids-gear-up-for-nationals-competition/
PCSD Parent Survey, Spring, 2015
The Pontotoc City School District believes that LEARNING is a priority, a need, and a desire. To be successful, we must nurture a learning community that allows everyone to participate in trusting, respectful relationships. Together, we are committed to Reaching Higher Levels of Learning. 

We are asking parents to complete this survey. This information will be used to plan and implement activities to improve our schools. It is very important that you give us your ideas, perceptions, and concerns so that we can make the decisions necessary to ensure that all our children achieve at the highest level – enabling us to Reach Higher Levels of Learning. Thank you. 

Click here to complete the survey.
Kindergarten 2015-2016 Pre-Registration
To register for Kindergarten, children must be 5 years of age by Sept. 1st.
Pre-Register your New Kindergarten Student for the 2015-2016 School Year by clicking the link:
Weather Makeup, 2015
WEATHER MAKEUP DAYS FOR STUDENTS
All additional weather makeup days for students have been forgiven.  Students do not have to make up the additional 4 days needed to complete the school calendar.  For students, tests and final exams will begin on May 19th and end on May 22nd.  May 22nd is the last day of school for students and is a 60% day, with school dismissing at 12:40.  Graduation is Friday, May 22nd at 8:00 PM, on Warrior Field.  If you have any questions, please contact your child's school.     


 
Summer Camps, 2015
PJHS Band, 2015
On Friday, April 10, both the Gold and Silver Bands from Pontotoc Jr. High School traveled to ICC in Fulton to compete at the band festival hosted by the ICC music department.  Both bands did a great job, receiving All Superior ratings from all judges.  The bands performed very advanced literature for their classifications and this is the first time for the Silver Band to take part in a competition.  Congratulations PJHS bands!
Daddy-Daughter Dance, PHS, 2015
On March 28th, Pontotoc High School hosted their first Daddy-Daughter Dance.  It was a magical night for everyone involved!  Princesses, Aladdin, and Prince Charming were in attendance.

 
DDD Fairies, PHS, 2015
The fairies and our Fairy Godmother were able to be there.
DDD Royalty, PHS, 2015
So many of our local royalty were able to attend.

 
DDD Daddies, PHS, 2015
We were delighted that so many Daddies were present.
DDD Dancing, PHS, 2015
There was singing and dancing!

 
DDD Dinner, PHS, 2015
Everyone enjoyed a delicious dinner and one lucky princess went home with a delicious door prize donated by Happy Days Cafe.
DDD Thank you, PHS, 2015
Thank you all for attending our delightful event!  A special "thank you" to the faculty and staff of PHS, especially the coordinators, Donna McCullar and Tami Walls.  Thank you to the PHS Jazz Band!  Thank you, also, to the community volunteers that made this night a success.  It is our hope that this will become an annual event so be on the lookout for your invitation next year.

Kindergarten Pre-Registration Day at PES
Kindergarten Registration
2015-16 School Year

 
Where:  Pontotoc Elementary School
When:  Friday, April 17, 2015
Time:   9:00 AM 5:00 PM
What:  The following documents are required to enroll your child:
  • Certified Copy of Birth Certificate
  • Social Security Card
  • Immunization Record(Form 121)
  • Two proofs of residence
    • Proofs include: One utility bill, driver’s license, lease or mortgage, car registration (tag)
Please complete the Kindergarten Registration Form below and bring the documents listed above with you to the Kindergarten Registration Day on Friday, April 17th.  Your child may not be assigned a teacher until all documents are received.  
Move to Learn, PMS, 2015
Pontotoc Middle School had a visit from Coach Calhoun and the Move to Learn Initiative, sponsored by the Bower Foundation, on March 31st.  This visit was a great opportunity for us all to be reminded that movement promotes learning.  Movement makes the brain work better!

Parent of the Year, 2015
Congratulations,
Lori Patterson,
PCSD Parent of the Year!
 
Rotary Leadership, 2015
These students from Pontotoc High School and North Pontotoc High School participated in the Rotary Leadership Program.  They also presented at our local Rotary Club luncheon.  Leadership is an important part of our community and our local Rotary Club is making sure we have good leaders in place in Pontotoc.  
State Beta Winners PJHS, 2015
Pontotoc Jr. High School has state Beta Club winners!  First place in Black and White Photography and First place in Social Studies.  These students now have the opportunity to compete at the national level this summer in Nashville.  
Congratulations, PJHS Beta Club!
Attendance Award 6 - Employees
Congratulations to D.T. Cox Elementary School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for students and employees for the 6th reporting period!
Tennis Signees, 2015
Ryan Henry has signed a scholarship to play tennis at Millsaps College.  Ryan is the son of Wally and Jodi Henry.
Cheerleader Tryouts, 2015
2015-16 Varsity Cheerleader/Mascot Tryout Information
 



Mandatory Cheerleader/Mascot/Parent Meeting
March 26 at 6:00-PHS Commons
 
Tryout Clinic
April 20 3:15-6:00
 
Tryouts
April 21 4:00
 
PEPA, 2015
Happy 80th Birthday, PEPA!
We appreciate all you do for our schools and our community.

Youth Art Fair, DT Cox, 2015
These D.T. Cox Elementary students were winners in the Youth Art Contest sponsored by Pontotoc Woman's Club.  One student's artwork won 2nd place at the local level, 1st place at the district level and has now gone on to the state competition held in the latter part of April.  Students are pictured here with their art teacher, Dr. Cora Lee Waltress.
DAR Awards, 2015
The Daughters of the American Revolution awarded their annual awards at their March meeting.  Pontotoc City Schools were well represented by students, faculty and staff.  Thank you, DAR, for supporting our schools and our community.

  
1st Grade Wax Museum, 2015
Pontotoc Elementary School hosted a Wax Museum.  First graders read biographies and wrote reports on Americans. Students then dressed as the character. Guests visiting the museum pressed a button and the figure came to life.

DT Cox Art Fair, 2015
In February, DT Cox Elementary School hosted their Annual Art Fair.  Dr. Cora Lee Waltress coordinated the event and all students had the opportunity to show their art work.  

 
Reading Fair, 2015 PJHS
2015 Reading Fair Winners from Pontotoc Jr. High School

Reading Fair, 2015 PMS
2015 Reading Fair Winners from Pontotoc Middle School

Reading Fair, 2015 DT Cox
2015 Reading Fair Winners from DT Cox Elementary School

Reading Fair, 2015 PES
2015 Reading Fair Winners from Pontotoc Elementary School
District Champs - Girls
2015 District 1
4A Girls Basketball Champions
Pontotoc Lady Warriors
 
District Champs - Boys
2015 District 1
4A Boys Basketball Champions


Pontotoc Warriors
Board Appreciation Week, 2015
Governor Phil Bryant has proclaimed the week of February 15 - 21, 2015, as School Board Recognition Week in Mississippi.  He is urging all citizens to join him in recognizing the vital role of local school board members in ensuring a quality education system and ultimately in helping assure a strong, viable Mississippi economy.  Thank you, Board Members, for dedicated service on behalf of the Pontotoc City School District's children.
Attendance Award 5 - Students
Congratulations to Pontotoc Jr. High  School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for students for the 5th reporting period!  The PJHS Student Council accepted the award for the student body.
Attendance Award 5 - Employees
Congratulations to D.T. Cox Elementary School for having the highest average daily attendance (ADA) for employees for the 5th reporting period!
TOY, 2015
Congratulations
to our
Teachers of the Year!
National Board, 2015
Congratulations to our new National Board Certified Teachers!
We believe National Board Certification is a family affair.  Please join us in congratulating these three teachers and their families on attaining National Board Certification.  They are joining an elite group of 35 teachers in the PCSD and we are very proud of their accomplishments.
Football Signees, 2015
Chase Hale has signed a scholarship to play football at Millsaps College.  Chase is the son of Kerry and Angie Hale.
Football
Jeff Carter has been named the Head Football Coach for the Pontotoc Warriors.  Coach Carter is married to Rachelle and they have two boys, Jacob and Justin.

Go Warriors!
2015 TOY
Pontotoc City School District
is pleased to announce that
Shanna Daniel,
5th grade teacher at Pontotoc Middle School,
has been selected as the
2015 PCSD Teacher of the Year.
Congratulations, Mrs. Daniel!

 
PMS Principal's Lunch
As part of Pontotoc Middle School's positive behavior support, students earn tickets for positive behaviors. These students used their tickets to share lunch with their principal. BT's restaurant, a community partnership of PMS, provided lunch for the students and principal. 
600th Win
Congratulations, 
Coach Bill Russell,
on your 600th career victory!
We would like to congratulate Coach Russell on his 600th win!  Coach Russell is in his 26th year as a head girls’ basketball coach.  His record is 600 wins and 228 losses.  This year’s seniors have only lost 9 times in grades 7-12 and only 1 time at home! He has been the division Coach of the Year 14 times and has carried his teams to state 10 out of 25 years! Coach Russell’s teams have won 13 division titles, have been North State Runner-up 5 times and North State Champions 4 times and have won State 2 times and were runner-up 3 other times.  We are looking forward to another State Tournament appearance this year as well as bringing our trophy home!


 
PHS Algebra Activity
The Algebra 1 Companion Classes at Pontotoc High School completed Part 1 of a Getting Career Ready Project.  This school year, the 2014 Mississippi College- and Career- Readiness Standards for Mathematics are being used as a guide for helping prepare students for the next grade level and life beyond high school.  The standards being addressed each day in the classroom are designed to expose students to experiences that reflect the value of mathematics, enhance students’ confidence in their ability to do mathematics, and link mathematics to the real-world.
As the end of the first semester neared, the Companion Math classes completed a booklet focusing on students’ interest in a particular career field.  The booklet consisted of a 2-page paper addressing areas such as, job description, employment facts, educational requirements, job outlook, earnings, and what generally happens in a day in the life of the career chosen.  Students also included with the paper a cover page and work cited page.  In addition, the booklet consisted of problems written by and solved by the students as it relates to their chosen career, various types of graphs, research pertaining to money markets as they begin to learn how to make money work for them, and multiple representations of data derived from situations that may occur in the their chosen career.  Each component of the booklet was driven by various standards learned during the semester.  The development of the booklet was both enjoyable and challenging to the students.


 
PMS Mystery Activity
At the end of last semester the 5th grade teachers at Pontotoc Middle School used a creative game of Clue to teach inferencing to their students. It was a fun-filled activity that had faculty and students dying for just one more scenario. So, what did these teachers do? The students created their own scenarios and another table group had to solve the mystery. Here’s one scenario that was just too cute…
 
Mr. Collum was happy about Ole Miss winning the Egg Bowl. He brought all his neckties to school to put in his closet cabinet. One necktie was a beautiful Ole Miss tie. Mr. Collum took us to the restroom, but he did not put the Ole Miss necktie in the closet. We meet Mr. Jason walking down the hallway while we ere going to the restroom. When we got back to the classroom the necktie was gone. Who could have taken Mr. Collum’s Ole Miss tie?
 
100 Days of School
More centenarians!
100 Days of School
More centenarians!
100 Days of School
On Tuesday, January 20, 2015, Pontotoc Elementary School celebrated 100 days of school.  Teachers and students dressed up and pretended to be 100 years old.  There were a number of activities that focused on the number 100.  Take a look at some of our centenarians.
Softball Signees, 2014

Alex Brown has signed to play softball for Itawamba Community College. Alex is the daughter of Greg and Angie Brown.

Baseball Signees, 2014
Chance Witt has signed a scholarship to play baseball with East Mississippi Community College.  Chance is the son of Walter and Donna Witt.
Board - Moorman
Frankie Moorman was elected to the Pontotoc City School District Board of Trustees in the November election.  He was sworn in at the January 12th board meeting by Melinda Nowicki, Circuit Clerk.  He is joined by his wife, Angie, and his children.  
Congratulations, Mr. Moorman!
Board Retirement
Charlotte Bass served on the PCSD Board of Trustees for sixteen years.  She did not seek reelection.  The Board honored her at the January board meeting by presenting her with a rocking chair.  Please join me in thanking Charlotte for all her time and service to this school district.
Pontotoc Reading Association

The Pontotoc Reading Association had its officer recognition during the month of November. This new local council is excited about the opportunity to promote literacy in the Greater Pontotoc Area. The organization is currently in the process of registering as an affiliate with the International Reading Association. We would like to invite anyone in this area to attend our next meeting in January. Email Murray Collum for additional information at mhcolum@yahoo.com.

Stock Market Winners, 2014
PONTOTOC MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS
WINNERS OF STOCK MARKET COMPETITION
JACKSON, MS, December 15, 2014—Students from Pontotoc Middle School were named 2nd place winners in the fall elementary division of the Mississippi Stock Market Game (SMG). 
 
The simulation is one of the most effective learning tools available about the free enterprise system for students in grades four through 12.  The program enables teams of students to invest a hypothetical $100,000 in the stock market over a 15-week period.  Winners are determined on the percentage return above or below S&P 500 growth.  The Pontotoc Middle School team outperformed the S&P by 7.7% and grew their portfolio to $111,207 over the 15-week session. 
 
The team will be honored at the Mississippi Council on Economic Education’s Annual Awards Ceremony on May 8th in Jackson.  Sponsors for the 2014-2015 SMG program are BancorpSouth and Trustmark National Bank.  
2014-15 AOY
Pontotoc City School District
is proud to announce that
Phil Webb,
principal of Pontotoc Jr. High School,
has been selected as the
Pontotoc City School District Administrator of the Year.
Congratulations, Mr. Webb!
PHS Jazz Band at Rotary
The Pontotoc High School Jazz Band was the program for the Pontotoc Rotary Club on December 16, 2014.  Rotary President Ellen Russell welcomed the group and they presented a variety of music, including big band tunes and Christmas selections.  Thank you, Jazz Band, for representing us across our community!
PMS UFO McWane Trip
The 5th and 6th grade UFO students at Pontotoc Middle School went on an educational adventure to the McWane Science Center in Birmingham, AL.  Approximately 100 students, parents, and teachers took the opportunity to discover the World of Water with shark and ray touching tanks, an ocean journey, a river journey, and an aqua-scape theater.  The second level provided adventures in lab space science, bubbles, distance discovery, gravitational pull, and brain analogy! The third level took us to the land of dinosaurs, Itty Bitty Magic City, and science on a sphere, ice discovery, and a two level slide!  Last, but not least, our students had an opportunity to experience one of the most amazing cultural IMAX videos on the history of Jerusalem, and how this one city touches all lives around the world.  This was a tremendous learning experience, we believe one that will be remembered for a lifetime!
DTC Early Settler Project
The fourth grade students at D.T. Cox Elementary were given a glimpse into the many skills necessary for daily life of the early Mississippi settler by the Tombigbee Pioneer Group on November 13th.  The Tombigbee Pioneer group, who are living history volunteers for the Natchez Trace Parkway, shared their skills and interests as part of the students' study of Mississippi History.  Students practiced writing with quill pens and  reflected on how their country's forefathers signed their names on the Declaration of Independence.  Students examined strange tools and articles such as a tall metal-shaped tube for drawing and carrying water and five pound irons which were heated before pressing clothing.  Students examined the process of making cloth from carding cotton or wool to spinning, and weaving it and then making a quilt with which to keep warm.  Students also enjoyed simple entertainment of the settlers such a contest of getting corncobs into a basket, dancing to banjo music and singing to the melodic sounds of the dulcimer. 

 
DTC Library Project
The 4th grade UFO students at DT Cox Elementary School were asked to design and transform the entrance of the library into “Sir Readalot’s Castle” for the recent book fair.  The students were able to work through the engineering design process in order to brainstorm and implement their design plans.  They took measurements, determined materials needed, and worked collaboratively in order to accomplish their challenge.  They worked super hard and were extremely pleased with the end results!

 
Baseball Signees, 2014
Wednesday, November 12 was National Signing Day for Division I and II college baseball and we are pleased to have had two of our young men take part.  Delvin Zinn, pictured here with his father Reggie Zinn, signed a scholarship with Mississippi State University as a middle infielder. Will Howard, pictured here with his father Ben Howard, signed as a catcher with Mississippi College.  The two young men have both excelled on the field as well as in the classroom.  We are so proud of these two young men!
 
Warrior Day, 2014
Warrior Day, 2014 was a tremendous success! It was a beautiful day in Pontotoc, Mississippi, and the members of the Warrior Nation enjoyed all the festivities. 


There was the FUN….



 
Warrior Day, 2014
The FOOD.....

Warrior Day, 2014
The FELLOWSHIP.....

Warrior Day, 2014
The PARADE.....

Warrior Day, 2014
The PEP RALLY……..



 
Warrior Day, 2014
We’d like to say a special thank you to all participants who made this such a special day for the Pontotoc City Schools – Ellen Russell for coordinating the parade, Kevin Walls for coordinating the events on the Square, Tracy Crane for coordinating the pep rally, and the PCSD employees who hung flags, moved mats, cleaned up trash, and whatever else needed to be done. 
GO WARRIORS!!  
Pontotoc City School District
PCSD Parent Survey, Spring, 2015
The Pontotoc City School District believes that LEARNING is a priority, a need, and a desire.  To be successful, we must nurture a learning community that allows everyone to participate in trusting, respectful relationships.  Together, we are committed to Reaching Higher Levels of Learning.  

We are asking parents to complete this survey.  This information will be used to plan and implement activities to improve our schools.  It is very important that you give us your ideas, perceptions, and concerns so that we can make the decisions necessary to ensure that all our children achieve at the highest level – enabling us to Reach Higher Levels of Learning. Thank you. 

Click here to take survey.
Reading Fair, 2015
Congratulations to all who participated in our annual reading fair.  The district reading fair was held January 16, with 110 students participating. Projects were exceptionally creative and students presented their books very well. The judges had a difficult time selecting the First Place Winners who will represent the district at the regional fair to be held February 14 at Lafayette County High School. Good Luck to all who will compete at the regional fair!